(My handmade cello, viola and violin)
I shopped online and saw all the offerings available in Canada and the USA, but nothing really excited me. Then I stumbled on Kapsch Class Cases in Zagreb, Croatia. Not only are their cases very light, but they are a beautiful shape and I could get any colour that I wanted, and have it either plain or I could design my own. I spent a lot of time googling, but couldn't find any testimonials.
I decided several times that I was just going to buy something here in Canada, but I kept coming back to Kapsch. I was so hesitant to deal with an unknown (here) company on the other side of the world. After many messages back and forth with the wonderful people at Kapsch and a Facebook message to someone whose case was posted on their Facebook page I decided to do it.
(The beautiful village of Haliburton)
It was such a pleasure to do business with Vedran. I sent him the exact colour (the RGB numbers which I never knew about before) and a collection of maple leaf pictures, along with a general idea of what I was thinking. They sent me a form to fill in with the exact measurements of my cello.
I must say at this point that I was really anxious about wiring a significant amount of money to the other side of the world. I tend to be suspicious and having taken many fraud reports when I was working, I had some concerns, but I felt pretty good about it after all of the emails back and forth.
The hardest part has been waiting (approximately 8 weeks) to actually have it in my hands.
(The trip my case took from Zagreb, Croatia to Haliburton, Canada)
Much to my surprise, after it was shipped, it arrived by post from Zagreb, Croatia to Haliburton, Canada in less than a week. So here it is, my gorgeous cello case.
I couldn't be happier. The case is everything I hoped for; beautiful, light, and protects my cello well. The transaction with was smooth, professional and friendly. The price was no more than if I'd bought a B@m case. If you're hesitating because Croatia seems so far away, go for it. You'll be glad you did.
Thanks again Vedran & Tajana. Feel free to use any or all of this post.